May 21, 2011

SHU Golf Completes 2011 Season in Final Round of NCAA Regional

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – The Sacred Heart University men's golf team finished its 2011 season at the final round of the NCAA Central Regional, hosted by Indiana University, at Wolf Run Golf Club.  The Pioneers shot a collective 317 on the final day and totaled 949 throughout the three day event.

Junior Joseph Serrantino (Cromwell, Conn.) finished in a tie for 40th place with a 223.  He duplicated his two-over 73 in round two with another 73 on Saturday.  Serrantino began play in the final round on the back nine.  He birdied the 17th and headed for the front nine just one-over.  On the front, Serrantino worked around a pair of double bogeys with four birdies to end the day two-over.

Sophomore Joshua Salah (Gloucester, Mass.) booked an 80 in the final round to land at 239 for the weekend, while junior Leopoldo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) shot an 84 to finish at 241.

Senior David Renski (North Stonington, Conn.) and junior Jun Hardart (Warwick, Bermuda) each recorded an 82 in the final round.  Renski totaled a 252 for the tournament, while Hardart posted a 250.

Michigan won the regional with an 11-under 841 for the weekend.  Advancing to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla., along with the Wolverines, are Illinois (843), Alabama (847), Tennesse (865), and Iowa (865).  Michigan's Lion Kim and Illinois' Luke Guthrie tied for the individual title with an eight-under 205.  Wake Forest's Lee Bedford also moved on to the championship as the top finishing individual not on an advancing team with a 212 (73-70-69).

For Sacred Heart, it was their third NCAA appearance after winning the Northeast Conference title for the third time in four seasons.  Renski and Serrantino earned All-NEC First Team honors, while Garcia and Salah were named to the All-NEC Second Team.  In his first year at the helm of the men's team, head coach Matt McGreevy was named the NEC Coach of the Year.